Monday, March 31, 2014

100% Pure Nail Polish Review and Giveaway!

You all know that I have recently been trying some products from 100% Pure.  Their makeup is fruit-dyed and free of "synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins." Their products are also vegan. 

I received three creamy nail polishes from 100% Pure with an order that I placed, and these are the best nail polishes I've ever used!  What I like most about them is that they're "free of the common carcinogens in most nail polish: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, and formaldehyde resin." Yes, unfortunately a lot of nail polishes contain formaldehyde.

The colors I received are:

Juice : A bright coral pink, perfect for summer!


I Heart You : A peachy pink natural everyday color with a bit of shimmer!


Jam: A cool-toned berry red.  This color is very dark and perfect for fall and winter!


 This is why I like them so much:

1. They apply so smoothly!  They are definitely creamy!  The ones without shimmer are a lot more creamy and are the ones I like best.

2. I only needed one coat.  I put two on anyway, but one would have been fine!

3. The polish lasts for about 5 days without chipping.  This is without a bottom or top coat!

4. These polishes are really shiny!!

5. When it's time to take it off, it comes off so easily.  There's no scrubbing and scrubbing!

$12.00 is more than I usually spend on nail polishes, but I think these are well worth it, if you have the money.  I know that not everyone can spend that much, so I have decided to give one bottle away!  I'm giving away a bottle of the "I Heart You" color, because it's a light everyday color.  I also think this would be perfect for a little girl, and you don't have to worry about putting toxic ingredients on her nails.  You can wear this as a sheer or build it up with a few coats.

The contest starts today and ends at midnight on April 2.  I will announce the winner on facebook and twitter.  You can enter multiple times by completing the steps below. **This is for U.S. residents only, please!**


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The product I'm giving away has been provided by 100% Pure.  All photos on this post are credited to 100% Pure.

Click here to read my reviews of other 100% Pure products.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Green Target Haul

Target has really been making an effort to carry more natural products.  They have a whole aisle dedicated to natural beauty products. I love Burt's Bees products, and I'm so happy I can find them there! The J.R. Watkins products are free of a lot of harmful ingredients, but some of them, like the dish soap for example, do contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which helps create the suds. I haven't looked closely at the body products (like body washes) to see what they contain.  Maybe it's just the cleaning products? This website is helpful if you're looking for products that don't contain sls. The Pomegranate and Acai smells so amazing, and it's scented with fruit extracts, not fragrances. Here's my little Target haul from this week!













What natural products are you finding at Target?

Friday, March 21, 2014

100% Pure Product Review + Get Ready With Me

Before I begin reviewing these products, let me just say that 100% Pure has A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. customer service.  The majority of the time, when I contact companies about sending me products to review, I don't get a response. When I contacted 100% Pure, they responded the same day, and within 2 days had products ready to ship to me.  My blog has less than 600 followers, but they treated me as nicely and professionally as they would someone with thousands of followers. Thank you Susie and Amanda!

My package of free products hasn't arrived yet.  But, in the mean time, I placed an order for some other products I wanted to try.  All of the products reviewed here are ones that I purchased myself.

I have been wanting to start replacing my makeup with natural products, little by little.  I was so excited to discover the company 100% Pure. The company claims that these are fruit pigmented cosmetics, free of "synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins."  I find their website very informative!

Some of the products I purchased work for me and others don't.  I still think this is a wonderful company worth giving a try!

Pretty Naked Neutral Face Palette


It's not often that I buy nice makeup.  I usually just pick something up from the drug store because it's more affordable for me.  I saved some Christmas money with the intention of purchasing another popular naked palette that costs around $50.  But, then I saw this one which includes a luminescent powder, pretty naked blush, and three eye shadows in the colors flax seed, toffee, and chestnut.  It is $35.00.  I told myself that if I purchased the more expensive one that I'd probably only use a few of the colors regularly.  I would get to try a new blush and luminizer with the 100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette, and it's all healthier for my skin.

Pros:

1. These are all very neutral everyday colors.

2. It's the perfect size for traveling.

3. This would be a great gift for a pre-teen or teenager who is just starting to wear makeup.  Everything is natural-looking and healthy for her skin.

4. The blush is so soft and pretty.  It looks like a kiss of sunshine on your cheeks. The luminizer adds a little touch of glow.

Cons:

1. The eyeshadow is easier to apply with a sponge tip rather than a brush (not really a con.)

2. These are supposedly universally flattering tones.  Unfortunately, I don't feel that way about the eye shadow.  These are very warm neutrals, which I don't care for on my pale skin.  There is nothing wrong with these eye shadows.  They're actually really beautiful! I'm sure they will look lovely on other skin tones.  I feel so disappointed that these won't work for me.  I have that feeling you get in your stomach when you save up to buy yourself a special treat, and then it's not what you expected. When I look at the pictures below, I think they look okay. But, when I look in the mirror, I don't feel comfortable wearing these warm browns. 100% Pure has excellent customer service.  I think I am going to send this back, so I can purchase colors that suit me better like grays, cool toned taupe, plums, and lavenders.

Maybe the Fig, Cashmere, or Pewter would work better for me?

Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder in "Creme"



Pros:

1. I used the online live chat and this color (Creme) is the perfect match for my skin tone.  Creme is considered porcelain and the White Peach color is considered fair.  I have always considered my skin to be fair, not porcelain, so I never would have picked Creme without the help of the online chat.  It is very helpful!

2. It has SPF 20! I love products that have SPF to help protect my fair skin from the sun.

Cons:

1. Although this color was a perfect match, the powder left my face really shiny.  If you like a dewy look, you will love this! I have large pores and an oily t-zone, so after a few hours, this looked very cakey on my skin.  100% Pure has beautiful blush colors that I love, so I am going to order one for my face product!

Black Tea Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara


Pros:

There are no cons about this!  So, I am just going to go on about how much I L.O.V. E. this mascara! Lately have had trouble with drugstore mascaras irritating my eyes.  This mascara does not contain any toxins and my eyes feel great!  It is definitely lengthening and glossy.  I love the curved shape of the bristles.  I purchased this in "Black Tea," which is the black color, but it comes in several different colors.  I highly recommend this mascara and will definitely be repurchasing it!

Below are some "Get Ready With Me" pictures, using the products mentioned above.

No makeup products on. Just a clean, moisturized face.  You can see that I have dark under eye circles and red splotchy skin. I also have very rough dry skin and an oily t-zone.

Before applying 100% Pure products, I applied another brand of concealer/brightener under my eyes.


The lip gloss is Burt's Bees brand.


Just because some of these products didn't work for me, doesn't mean they won't work for you.  I am still in love with this company and will keep purchasing from them.  There are some products that I purchased (not mentioned in this review) that I am crazy about!  They include the lip glaze and nail polish!!!!  So, look for another review AND GIVEAWAY coming soon!

The products all have really pretty packaging, and everything is wrapped up so nicely when it ships. I was surprised when my order came in just 2 days!

Now get yourself some of this mascara!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spinach Pesto Lasagna Recipe | Vegetarian


Trust me, you want to make this lasagna! I try to limit our meals with cheese to once a week (here's why), so this is a meal we don't have often, but one we look forward to.  It's so delicious, and I like to add fresh tomatoes and Italian seasoning on top for extra flavor! It's quick and easy too!

This recipe serves 4, so just double the ingredients to serve more.

Spinach Pesto Lasagna

Ingredients:
  • 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce
  • 1/2 box lasagna noodles
  •  5 oz. of basil pesto*
  •  8 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  •  8 oz. shredded mozzarella
  •  3 oz. fresh organic spinach
  •  1 fresh tomato (optional for topping)
  •  Italian seasoning (optional for topping)
Directions:

1. Lightly spray a 6" x 8" glass baking dish.  This will make cleaning the dish so much easier!

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

3. Break noodles into thirds.  Boil according to package directions.  Drain and rinse.

4. Mix all of the cheeses and pesto together in a bowl.

5. Start layering the lasagna in your glass dish. Layers: pasta sauce | noodles | cheese-pesto mixture | spinach | repeat twice. End your third layer with a little extra sauce on top, a sprinkle of Mozzarella and Parmesan, and I like to add fresh tomatoes (diced or sliced) and some Italian seasoning.

6. Set your glass dish on a baking sheet with sides to catch anything that might bubble over. Bake the lasagna in the oven on 375 degrees until the sauce gets nice and bubbly.  Then, turn the heat up to broil, and bake until the cheese is golden brown.  Keep a close eye on it, so it doesn't burn!!

* You can always make your own pesto.

You could also layer this in your crockpot and cook it for a couple of hours on high.

Here's the finished product!


I love this because the spinach is still a little crisp when you bite into it.  It tastes so fresh!

I hope you enjoy!


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